AMHP Senior Social Worker - Working for Essex
Salary: £45,217 to £54,395 per annum
Closing date: 02 Jul 2024
Location: Countywide
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 17101
Role: Social Care
About the role

AMHP Senior Social Worker

Permanent, Full Time

£45,217 to £54,395 per annum

Location: Affiliated with North/Mid AMHP Hub and Essex wide as required.

Working Style: Community-based worker

This role involves working a condensed week (37 hours per week across 4 weekdays).

Exciting opportunities have arisen to join Essex County Council’s (ECC) fast paced, dynamic and supportive dedicated Approved Mental Health Service (AMHP) Service.

Operating within ECC as a hub and spoke model, the AMHP Service is transforming, and posts have become available as we expand the core aspect of the daytime service. The transformation of the service is from one centralised AMHP ‘hub’ to two.

The Service takes referral 9-5 Monday to Friday and is supported by the Essex Emergency Duty Service outside of these times.

Why Join Us?

The AMHPs within Essex are fully committed to striving for the best outcome possible for those whom they assess but critically supportive of each other. When undertaking AMHP duties you will have access to the regular support of experienced AMHPs, Deputy Team Managers and Team Managers.

You will join a knowledgeable and supportive team, who are proud of creating an inclusive environment where we build each other up. And, with access to a range of training and development opportunities to empower you through our award-winning Essex Social Care Academy along with flexible working options, you can make your career work for you.

Whatever you want to achieve in your social care career, you can do it here.

Here's what our AMHP's say:

“AMHP work gives one a chance to exercise humanism. It is a privilege to enter that person’s life experiences.”

“There is nothing more satisfying than going home knowing that we have successfully supported the individual and made a difference to them and their family.”

“Although the AMHP role is challenging and unpredictable as it can involve working unsociable hours, our team always creates time for team building and bonding.”

The Role

The Approved Mental Health Professional Service has a unique position in ensuring compliance with the statutory functions imposed upon the Local Authority by the Mental Health Act. The service will be responsible for delivering the AMHP rota. The service will undertake statutory assessments, triaging initial enquiries in line with statutory duties.

As a Senior Social Worker you will be passionate and experienced in demonstrating expert and effective practice in complex situations often in pressurized environments. You will be able to manage workloads and support colleagues with complex cases, with an ability to mitigate high levels of risk. You will work collaboratively with statutory and non-statutory/voluntary agencies ensuring a joined-up approach.

You will have significant experience of social work, modelling good practice, triaging mental health act referrals, prioritizing responses, giving direction to others and providing expert advice and guidance.

Additionally, you will be responsible for:

  • Providing supervision, specialist advice and professional expertise for AMHPs contributing to the development of practice standards.
  • Accountable for assessments you undertake under the Mental Health Act.
  • Working within the statutory legal framework, policy and guidance and determining when the threshold for statutory intervention has been reached in line with legislative and organisational standards within the Care Act 2015 (e.g. MCA/DoLS/CHC assessments etc). Specifically, to carry out and manage the process of MHA assessments, identifying least restrictive options and acting as an autonomous professional consistent with legal and statutory obligations.
  • Managing a complex workload, maintaining accurate and timely data, reports and presentations as required.
  • Carrying out, coordinating and managing the process of Mental Health Act assessments, consistent with legal and statutory obligations working flexibly and at times outside the core operating hours of the team in accordance with demand.
  • Conducting assessments under the Mental Health Act 1983 and plan responses which safeguard vulnerable adults, including intervention as required that may be beyond normal operating hours.
  • Working collaboratively with the deputy team manager to coordinate, triage and allocate the incoming referrals to the service supporting and directing the wider AMHPs on the rota and assisting to bring their work to a satisfactory conclusion.
  • Building strong effective working relationships across the Council, with partners and members of voluntary agencies.
  • Delivering a high level of expertise in particular areas of practice and interest and lead on those areas.

About you

To apply, you should be a qualified social worker with current Social Work England registration and an Approved Mental Health Professional Mental Health Act 1983 as recognised by ECC.

You’ll bring significant experience, modelling good practice and providing advice and guidance in complex situations. We’re also looking for your ability to mentor both newly qualified and experienced team members. As, a subject matter expert in the mental health act, you should have a comprehensive understanding of current legislation, regulations and guidance.

With experience of collaborative working, we’re looking for your ability to develop strong relationships with partner agencies and the local community to provide a supportive framework for vulnerable people.

You’ll also bring:

  • Evidence of continuing professional development and capability of practice in accordance with current professional standards.
  • An in-depth understanding of the financial implications of commissioned care packages.
  • The ability to make clear decisions, to highlight and limit potential risks associated with intervention.

This role involves travelling around Essex. A driving licence and car - or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means - is essential.

What We Offer

We’ll support you to be your best…

  • Training and development to empower you from our award-winning Essex Social Care Academy.
  • With us you can make your career work for you with flexible working options
  • With us you can get the support you need with employee wellbeing and counselling
  • Lease Car scheme
  • Up to £8000 for relocation*
  • With us you can have peace of mind with life assurance of three times annual salary
  • Payment of professional fees for approved professions
  • Local Government Pension Scheme. View Key Facts and FAQ’s about the LGPS
  • Volunteering leave
  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays, rising with service
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) - access to free and confidential information, support, and guidance from a team of highly qualified professionals.
  • Employee Networks – communities to support you, connect you and help influence change at ECC

*T&Cs Apply.

To read more about us please visit: Adult Social Care Brochure

Apply now.

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